Colossians 1:11-20

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Paul, in writing to the Colossian believers, prayed that they might be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy. He gave thanks to the Father on their behalf, the same God who qualified them to share in the inheritance of the saints in light, the same God who delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the Kingdom of his beloved Son, in whose name we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. In his creedal like statement regarding Christ’s exaltation and divinity, Paul asserted that Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation, for by Jesus all things were created in heaven and earth, visible and invisible; all things were created through him and for him. Our Lord Jesus is before all things, and the sustainer of all the universe. God has also made him the the head of the body, the church; the exalted Jesus is also the beginning, even the firstborn from the dead. Paul suggests that Jesus has been magnified by God in this way because God desires that in everything he might be preeminent. In our Lord all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him, the Father has reconciled to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. No statement in Scripture so succinctly describes the supremacy of Christ.


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